Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was approached by the media after news surfaced that Major League Baseball had denied the Yankees’ protest of Tuesday’s game.
“Surprise, surprise,” Cashman said.
But while MLB did not issue an explanation of their decision, one league source indicated when Beckett went on the disabled list the protest was pretty much dead in the water. Umpires also would not want anyone entering the game in that situation to suffer an injury because they weren’t warmed up enough.
The Yankees really never thought they had a chance to win it. Yes, maybe the Red Sox didn’t follow protocol in informing the umpire with the trainer present that Beckett was hurt after pitching coach John Farrell made the decision to opt for Manny Delcarmen. Manager Joe Girardi felt that Delcarmen was not entitled to eight warm up pitches because protocol wasn’t followed.
Girardi basically claimed while he did not deny Beckett was hurt and that it would be difficult for a pitcher to get warmed up on eight pitches, that the Red Sox violated the rules.
Delcarmen was then give all the time he needed with two outs in the fifth. The Yankees were leading at the time, 5-0.
Beckett aggravated a back injury on a pitch to Alex Rodriguez in the fifth inning and while pitching coach John Farrell met with him on the mound, Farrell signaled for Delcarmen to come into the game.